Friday, April 26, 2013

1k Flash: Oddball Import: 1974 Opel Manta A

The Manta is a small  2+2 coupe from Opel, the Rüsselsheim, Germany based GM subsidiary.  Opel marketing in the US was always a bit strange, and they were typically sold at Buick dealers but via an Opel ordering system and generally causing nothing but confusion and grief for the Buick dealers.  Fast forward 40 years and a classic Opel is actually a cool car given its rarity and 'oddity-appeal'.  Find this 1974 Opel Manta A for sale in Moscow, ID for $1,450 via craigslist.

This Opel is offered as an un-restored barn find, a claimed one-owner 75k mile survivor that has been in storage for the past 10 years.

 This Manta is powered by a 1.9 liter inline-4 cylinder engine putting out 90 horsepower into a 4-speed manual transmission.

 The years have not been kind to the inside of this Opel - and our biggest concern about a restoration would be the availability of parts...

 This is not a car you could drive home, it will need to be towed, but we think it represents a fair price for a cool classic.

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